All eyes in the wrestling community turn to Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. on Sept. 11 and 12. The USA Wrestling 2021 Senior World Team Trials begin competition at 10 a.m.
For Iowa native and Wartburg senior Brady Kyner, this weekend is an opportunity years in the making. Kyner was runner-up at the 2020-21 NWCA finals, earning All-American status.
Kyner qualified in April at the US Senior open, placing third and earning a trip to the team trials. After qualifying at 57kg, Kyner will compete at 61kg freestyle class this weekend. In his weight class, 19 other athletes will compete for a spot on the USA Wrestling Senior World Team.
Kyner has been training in freestyle wrestling for approximately seven years.
“To have this opportunity to compete (this weekend), I am incredibly blessed and grateful,” said Kyner.
Several NCAA Division I, II, and III athletes will compete this weekend and Wartburg is one of a few schools to have multiple athletes qualify for the team trials. Kyle Briggs, the NWCA National Champion at 174 lbs., qualified in Greco-Roman wrestling at 82kg for this weekend, but will not be competing. In competition in 2021, Wartburg wrestling sent eight athletes to the podium in the NWCA Championships and had eight A-R-C Champions.
“For Brady to have an experience like this and compete at the highest level, it’s what every coach hopes for their athletes,” noted Eric Keller, head coach of Wartburg Wrestling. “The World Championship trials are the highest stage in the USA. The opportunity to compete against the best is why guys come to Wartburg. Our entire program is proud of him and excited for this opportunity.”
The team trials this weekend will feature 6 freestyle weight classes as well as Greco Roman and Women’s freestyle. The World Championships are set to take place in October 2021 in Oslo, Norway.
Competition will start Saturday at 10 a.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska. Fans wanting to travel and support Brady can find more information here.